CARB fines Antelope Valley Transit Authority $17,500

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined a southern transit authority $17,500 for excessive diesel emissions and recordkeeping violations. CARB says an investigation showed that Antelope Valley Transit Authority personnel failed to test, measure, record and maintain records, and were cited for excess diesel particulate matter emissions for their fleet.

“Compliance with emissions recordkeeping and state smoke emissions standards is a key component in cleaning up the air in California,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “Transit agencies serve a large number of people who ride the bus every day that are negatively affected by these harmful emissions.”

Antelope Valley Transit Authority agreed to pay $17,500 in penalties: $13,125 went to the California Air Pollution Fund that provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality; $2,187.50 went to the Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and the remaining $2,187.50 went to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of offroad diesel-powered construction vehicles.